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Opening Australia’s extractive data for development

By Jessie Cato Tracking Australian mining, oil and gas companies around the world is challenging. Australia has one of the largest global footprints of extractives companies operating abroad. Research by Publish What You Pay...

The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

By Russell Berman, The Atlantic The Trump administration is pledging to audit the Department of Defense for the first time in its history while simultaneously demanding a record spending increase. Can it do both?...

Freedom for Chelsea Manning

By Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic She spent seven years of a 35-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth military facility in Kansas. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Cyber security woes: WannaCry?

For the average user, questions about access and secure use of the internet can be rather abstract. Or at least they were until last week when businesses, institutions and citizens across the globe fell...

Is Indonesia a future threat to Australia?

By Paul Dibb Following last week’s decision by an Indonesian court to jail the former governor of Jakarta—Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok)—for two years for blasphemy, we need to ask ourselves whether Indonesia is heading...

Cyber wrap

By Michael Chi This week one of the largest ransomware incidents to date, ‘WannaCrypt’ or ‘WannaCry’, affected the operations of at least 300,000 machines worldwide, encrypting and locking victims out until a Bitcoin ransom...

Chelsea Manning and the case against Edward Snowden

By Jacinta Carroll With Chelsea Manning’s release from prison imminent, following the surprise commutation of her sentence in January by former President Obama, the issue of what happens to Edward Snowden will resurface. Manning...

The Strategist Six: Mark Binskin

By The Editors Welcome to The Strategist Six, which provides a glimpse into the thinking of prominent academics, government officials, military officers, reporters and interesting individuals from around the world. 1. The ADF has...

EUISS Yearbook of European Security 2017

The EUISS Yearbook of European Security (YES) is the Institute’s annual publication compiling key documents and data related to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). This 2017 edition offers a comprehensive picture...

In Search of Utopia

By Murshed Madaser By Marc Goldberg, Senior Researcher at Community Security Trust. Just like roughly 850 British Muslims I left the land of my birth for a country in the Middle East to fight...

A cyber revolution on Russell Hill

By Greg Austin The Australian Defence Force is on the cusp of a revolution as it prepares to reorganise for cyber-enabled warfare. The military cyber shake-up coming many years late brings big problems and...

France’s anti-populist populist

By Slawomir Sierakowski Democrats of all stripes have been celebrating the prospect that the pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron—not the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen—will be France’s next president. But while Macron’s victory is...

Sea, air, land and space updates

By Zoe Glasson, Sophie Qin, Madeleine Nyst and Patrick Kennedy Sea State President Trump has been blowing off steam about the US Navy’s catapults. Apparently, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) on the USS...

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